The Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) provides skiing and snowboarding lessons for people with disabilities and other special needs. We host Adaptive Skiing and Snowboarding lessons at Breckenridge, Keystone (Keystone Adaptive Center), and Copper Mountain Ski Resorts. BOEC is known for personalized, custom skiing and snowboarding experiences for people with disabilities and special needs. We view skiing and snowboarding as sports that can – and should – be enjoyed by all!

The 2019-2020 BOEC ski season is projected to run from November 28 to April 19. Reservations are generally accepted starting in October.

Adaptive Skier/Snowboarder Information Form
Enrollment Guidelines
Scholarship Application

What we do

BOEC Winter Internship

BOEC lessons are conducted on a personalized basis and include all instruction, on-hill guiding and support, specialized equipment, and a lift ticket for the student.

We teach all disciplines of adaptive skiing, including visually impaired, three-track, four-track, mono-skiing and bi-skiing. Our staff is trained in the latest in adaptive teaching techniques and equipment. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing instruction are also available.

Our adaptive ski program follows the practices and guidelines set by the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI).

We offer exciting adaptive ski opportunities for all skier levels, from beginners to experts, over the age of four.

Reservations

Please call 970-453-5633 or 1-800-383-BOEC (2632) (Monday-Friday) to make a reservation. We recommend that you make reservations as soon as possible, starting in October of the appropriate ski season. Because we have limited capacity and our lesson days tend to fill quickly, higher rates will apply for reservations made within 14 days of lesson date. Payment in full is required to hold reservations.

All participants will be required to sign an Assumption of Risk/Waiver of Liability form to participate in BOEC programs. Please feel free to contact us via email at skiprog@boec.org.

Assumption of Risk / Waiver Liability Form

Cancelations

Cancelations made outside of 24 hours from reservation time receive a full refund minus a $20 processing fee. Cancelations made within 24 hours from reservation time will not receive a refund.

Please feel free to contact us via email at skiprog@boec.org.

Breckenridge

All lessons include one-on-one instruction, any/all equipment needed and a lift ticket for the student. Full and half day lessons are available. Prices are per person. Advance reservations are required, and payment-in-full is required to confirm reservations. Customized lessons/pricing for groups are available upon request.

Learn more about the Breckenridge Adaptive Ski & Snowboard School.

Regular Season Rates

  • Full Day (9am-Noon & 1-3:30pm): $225
    • $200 with 14-Day Advance Reservation
  • Half Day (9:30am-Noon OR 1-3:30pm): $145
    • $130 with 14-Day Advance Reservation

High Season Rates
(Dec. 21 – Jan. 5; Jan. 18-20; Feb. 15-22; Mar. 7-29)

  • Full Day (9am-Noon & 1-3:30pm): $250
    • $225 with 14-Day Advance Reservation
  • Half Day (9:30am-Noon OR 1-3:30pm): $165
    • $145 with 14-Day Advance Reservation

*Lunch not included or supervised

Register

Keystone

All lessons include one-on-one instruction, any/all equipment needed and a lift ticket for the student. Full and half day lessons are available. Prices are per person. Advance reservations are required, and payment-in-full is required to confirm reservations. Customized lessons/pricing for groups are available upon request.

Learn more about the Keystone Adaptive Center.

Regular Season Rates

  • Full Day (9am-Noon & 1-3:30pm): $225
    • $200 with 14-Day Advance Reservation
  • Half Day (9:30am-Noon OR 1-3:30pm): $145
    • $130 with 14-Day Advance Reservation

High Season Rates
(Dec. 21 – Jan. 5; Jan. 18-20; Feb. 15-22; Mar. 7-29)

  • Full Day (9am-Noon & 1-3:30pm): $250
    • $225 with 14-Day Advance Reservation
  • Half Day (9:30am-Noon OR 1-3:30pm): $165
    • $145 with 14-Day Advance Reservation

*Lunch not included or supervised

Register

All lessons include one-on-one instruction, any/all equipment needed and a lift ticket for the student. Full and half day lessons are available. Prices are per person. Advance reservations are required, and payment-in-full is required to confirm reservations. Customized lessons/pricing for groups are available upon request.

2019-20 Rates

  • Full Day (9am-Noon & 1-3:30pm): $250
    • $225 with 14-Day Advance Reservation
  • Half Day (9:30am-Noon OR 1-3:30pm): $165
    • $145 with 14-Day Advance Reservation

*Lunch not included or supervised

Register

Adaptive Ski Equipment

BOEC provides a wide range of adaptive techniques and equipment that allow individuals of all backgrounds and abilities to enjoy the fun and freedom that comes with sliding on the snow. Below is a brief breakdown of some of the “disciplines” and corresponding equipment and techniques used at the BOEC.

Stand up skiing/riding

Thinking about standing up to ski/ride? Have strength, balance and/or range of motion concerns? No sweat, there are plenty of possibilities and strategies that can help make stand up skiing and/or snowboarding a reality.

2T, “Two Tracking”

  • 2T, “Two Tracking,” – Two legs, two boots, two skis, but lots of adaptive devices and techniques our instructors can suggest to keep you comfortable, meet your needs and help created a personalized skiing experience.
  • Physical and/or cognitive impairments – adaptive devices and techniques can be utilized to help control speed, direction and fatigue of skiing.
  • Visual impairments and VI guiding – BOEC has trained staff who can teach and guide skiers with all types of visual impairments (VI bibs, head sets and other adaptive devices area available based on skier/instructor preference).

3T, “Three Tracking”

  • 3T, “Three Tracking,” – Skiing on one leg with two handheld outriggers to assist with balance and turning.
  • Amputations, atrophy, discomfort and/or range of motion concerns etc.

4T, “Four Tracking”

  • 4T, “Four Tracking,” – Two boots, two skis, and two hand-held outriggers.
    • Prosthetics, atrophy, discomfort, balance and/or range of motion concerns etc.

Ski-Legs, Slider

  • “Ski-Legs,” “Slider” – Two boots, two skis and an easily adjustable standing frame with separate skis on the legs to assist with balance and control. Note: only used on green terrain.
  • Prosthetics, atrophy, fatigue, balance and/or strength concerns

Snowboarding

  • “Snowboarding” – Two boots, one board and lots of bending over, sitting down and standing up. Interested in sliding on snow, but looking for something different than typical alpine skiing? BOEC also offers adaptive snowboard instruction with a variety of adaptive equipment and techniques to get you up and having a good time.
  • Prosthetics, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), foot/ankle discomfort, leg strength/range of motion differential etc.

Sit-skiing

Feeling concerned about standing up to ski or snowboard? No worries, the BOEC offers a range of “sit-skiing” options which allow individuals to get to rip up the slopes and enjoy the snowy mountains while relying more on core and/or upper body movements and techniques to control turn shape and speed.

Bi-Ski

  • Bi-Ski – Adaptive ski with two skis underneath. Can be used with hand-held outriggers or fixed outriggers. Can be skied independently and/or with an instructor to help control speed and turn shape.
  • Amputations, atrophy, Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), etc.

Mono-Ski

  • Mono-Ski – Adaptive ski with one ski underneath, must be skied with hand-held outriggers, decent shoulder/arm strength and mobility. Skied independently.
  • Amputations, atrophy, Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), etc.

Ski-Bike

  • Ski-Bike – Basically a bike frame with skis instead of wheels. We have a variety of different style ski bikes to help meet your wants and needs.
  • Amputations, atrophy, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), etc.

*As mentioned above, this is a very brief and basic description of some of the more common adaptive techniques and equipment used. If there is anything in particular you are looking for, or have any questions about equipment, techniques, or the general experience at the BOEC Adaptive Ski and Ride program, please feel free to contact our ski office at 970-453-5633.

What They’re Saying

“Truly, this has been one of the best things for the little dude! He loves it so much. Every Thursday or so, he starts saying ‘Go to Breckenridge, Go to Breckenridge’ in anticipation, and he gets so excited to see his instructors and to ride the chairlift. He’s had the chance to ski with a bunch of the interns and volunteers who, I’m convinced, are the best people on the face of the earth. They are unbelievably patient, loving and dedicated.”

Deborah, Mother of Adaptive Ski Participant
BOEC Adaptive Ski participant

“About 8 years ago I went from having 20/15 vision to legally blind. My husband and his friends really enjoy skiing at Breckenridge and talked me into signing up for blind skiing lessons. I was very anxious and scared to say the least. Right out of the gate Kaelyn and Anne made me feel so comfortable and were so unbelievably patient with me. It’s because of my first day experience with these two instructors I decided to take a second day of lessons with them and had a blast. I would definitely recommended this program to anyone who needs special assistance.”

Stephanie, Blind Ski Participant

“My partner Shane and myself just spent the past 4 days with our son Xander doing the BOEC adaptive skiing program for the first time. Your program is awesome all around but we wanted to share a few things … #1 – by the end of day 2, he proclaimed he most definitely wanted to come back to Breck and ski again (high praise, trust us); #2 – he voluntarily shared that Chris was “tied for first” (with another instructor in Whistler) for best instructor he’s ever had (again, high praise from a snarky teen)…and he’s had upwards of 20+ at this point.”

Martin, Parent of Adaptive Ski Participant

Upcoming Ski & Snowboard Events

Hartford Ski Spectacular

December 9 @ 1:00 pm - December 14 @ 9:00 pm

Challenge By Choice – Brain Injury Alliance (BIA) Ski Retreat

January 6, 2020 @ 8:00 am - January 10, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Military Ski & Snowboard Camp

January 14, 2020 @ 8:00 am - January 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Outdoor Active Ski Retreat (OAR)

January 20, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - January 24, 2020 @ 11:00 am

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